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Learning about HTML, CSS and web standards

Posted on by Clive Walker in CSS Web Design

I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.

The web has a huge number of articles, tutorials, and other resources to help anyone find out about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of building websites. However, good in-depth learning resources are sometimes difficult to find. Here’s three that I think are great reference points for anyone to use.

Firstly, SitePoint’s CSS Reference covers every aspect of CSS. Boy, I wish this has been there a few years ago when I was endeavouring to learn how CSS layouts worked!

In the same style, SitePoint’s HTML reference is a comprehensive description of every single HTML element that you can think of…and a few more besides. Think of this as a dictionary of HTML. It’s also good to see Microformats given their own section.

Finally, the Opera Web Standards Curriculum is a new website that is “a complete course to teach you standards-based web development, including HTML, CSS, design principles and background theory, and JavaScript basics”. This one looks to be an excellent resource for anyone looking to find out more about web standards and why you should use them to build websites.

One thing that strikes me about all three of these is that they are very easy to read. This is a welcome change from some of the older resources out there.

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